TwentyTwentyThree: A WordPress theme wanting towards the long run

WP’s shiny new toy

The discharge of WordPress 6.1 on Nov. 1, 2023, launched a brand new inventory theme: TwentyTwentyThree. As with every inventory theme, the aim is to point out off the shiny new toys

that ship with the latest model of WordPress. TwentyTwentyThree provides us a very good take a look at what 6.1 can do and lets us think about the close to way forward for WordPress because it continues its evolution towards a no-code design system.

TwentyTwentyThree is actually prepared in your consideration whether or not you utilize it in manufacturing or want to consider it for future use.

TwentyTwentyThree: Block theme for makers

TwentyTwentyThree couldn’t be a greater instance of how one can construct each factor of a WordPress web site solely with blocks. That’s the hallmark of a block theme.

This theme is taken into account a stripped-down model of its current predecessor, TwentyTwentyTwo. That theme had a well-defined artwork path. In distinction, TwentyTwentyThree is so design-agnostic that, in contrast to its predecessor default WordPress themes, it comes with no inventory photographs. And it’s very light-weight. And that’s the level.

This places you — content material creator, designer or web site developer — in command.


Let’s take a look at TwentyTwentyThree’s distinct options.

Type variations

This function, part of the Web site Editor, simply is likely to be ushering in a brand new Childless Theme period. If you happen to’ve ever wanted to make wholesale modifications to a theme, you would possibly know of the ache required to create a toddler theme the place your customized kinds and features reside.

The concept which you could now change the model of a theme with out truly utilizing a special theme is in full show with the model choices that TwentyTwentyThree gives.

Along with the default model, these 10 model variations are simple to pick out in your website online. Notably, every model variation was created by a member of the WordPress neighborhood.

Twentytwentythree style variations example

Every model is outlined by its coloration palette and typography. Consider these as beginning factors which you could change to fit your wants.

Coloration palettes

Every of the 11 model variations has a five-set (place to begin) coloration palette. The default model variation makes use of the next:

You may at all times change any coloration from the default model or to any of its different 10 variations.


The TwentyTwentyThree theme comes with font households which is likely to be new to you. Choose the typeface identify to see extra info.

System font 

These draw upon the fonts already put in on a consumer’s system.

IBM Plex Mono 

IBM Plex Mono



Source Serif Pro

Source Serif Pro

DM Sans

DM Sans

All of those fonts are packaged with TwentyTwentyThree, that means you aren’t pulling them from third-party sources similar to Google the place privateness points had been raised earlier final 12 months within the EU. Plus, a font is just loaded if used, which is an actual efficiency increase (however this isn’t new to most WordPress block themes).

You may at all times stray from the built-in fonts when you favor.


And, as with every block theme, you’ll be able to assign coloration or typeface to a single block, similar to a heading, to use to the complete web site.

You continue to can’t set properties similar to letter spacing, phrase spacing, or line top on a sitewide foundation however count on that to vary with the discharge of WordPress 6.2 in March 2023.

Fluid typography and spacing

You’re in all probability questioning, “I assumed most WP themes had been responsive already. What’s this?”

TwentyTwentyThree focuses in your content material and also you don’t have to stress as a lot as you probably did earlier than as as to if your typeface and surrounding house would optimally render on all gadgets.

How does it work?

Conventional responsive design makes use of CSS media queries to focus on desktop, laptop computer and cell machine widths. The issue with that method is that designers can not set breakpoints for every sort of machine. This accounts for some design points that have to be resolved on a case-by-case foundation.

Fluid typeface doesn’t goal a tool’s width. Somewhat, utilizing the three values of the clamp property (a minimal, a most well-liked, and a most measurement) it really works with the viewport of the machine and scales accordingly.

That is a chic resolution, notably for headings and enormous textual content sizes.


For smaller sizes, similar to physique copy, the standard media question method remains to be the way in which to go.

For extra particulars and among the technical specs, see Adding Fluid Typography Support to WordPress Block Themes from CSS-Tricks. In that article, you’ll see among the technical specs which account for a way fluid typography works.

Summing up

Typically it’s onerous to inform what new options any theme can convey. I discover myself asking, “Is that this function theme-specific, or is that this a part of WordPress core?”

The one technique to discover out — in need of studying by documentation — is to check it by attempting totally different themes. So I did quite a lot of testing and, because it turned out, what’s constructed into TwentytwentyThree particularly (and never WordPress core) had been the options described above.

Whereas TwentyTwentyThree doesn’t look dazzling, that’s simply the place its power lies.

Consider it as a robust clean slate the place you might have a variety of design potentialities at your fingertips. This theme asks, “What’s the way forward for WP themes if we will begin with a clean web page?”